Published On: Sat, Sep 3rd, 2016

PTI set for Lahore power show today



LAHORE: As part of its ‘Accountability Movement’, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf is going to hold ‘Pakistan March’ in Lahore today (Saturday).

Following the party’s Peshawar-Attock as well as Rawalpindi-Islamabad rallies, the PTI will show its power in Lahore, the hub of ruling PML-N’s politics in Punjab.

Yesterday, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said at a press conference that serious security threat was looming large and urged the PTI leadership to postpone its Lahore rally and consider holding it after Eidul Azha.

But PTI has decided to go ahead.


The PTI plans to begin its ‘Pakistan March’ from Shahdara, northern suburb of Lahore, by midday and move inside the city with three stopovers culminating at Chairing Cross in front of the Punjab Assembly building.

The objective of the rally remains what the PTI claims educating the masses about revelations made in the Panama Papers and its ill effects on the future and well-being of Pakistan.

Tight security arrangements have been made in Lahore where authorities have closed road from Shahdara to Mall Road with shipping containers.

Sources said PAT will join PTI’s ‘Pakistan

Pakistan Awami Tehreek stages protest rally in Rawalpindi

Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) stages a ‘Qasas’ (blood money) rally in the city on Saturday, supporting Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) Ehtesab (accountability) March in Lahore today.

Head of PAT and well-known cleric Dr Tahirul Qadri had announced a massive protest against what he called the failure of the PML-N government officials to deliver justice in the ‘Model Town’ firing incident in which at least 14 people had died and more than 100 others wounded.

According to the latest details, final arrangements for the rally have been made for PAT’s rally and authorities have closed the Murree road until the rally ends today.

However, on the other hand, the government and police also took their positions to stop the rally from being a success by blocking roads at different points with containers.

Thousands of police officials were deployed across the city while metro bus service was also suspended.

Political terrorism has been named as democracy in the country, said Qadri during ARY News special program ‘September Main March’ (March in September).

He welcomed and lauded opposition parties’ support for his protest march, terming it a change of mindset in which he was also expected to reveal his future plan of action.

Only when thousands of people would come out of their homes and protest, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government would be forced to climb down over the ‘Model Town’ firing incident.

Qadri while giving details regarding how Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sent political delegations and requests from foreign governments to pressurised him, said that there was no option left for Mr Sharif, but to give Qasas over the ‘Model Town’ massacre.

“Qasas movement will continue until we get complete justice for Model Town massacre,” he insisted.

PTI and PAT also condemned the ‘silence’ of the prime minister over Indian hostility held Kashmir.

Criticising Imran Khan and Dr Tahirul Qadri, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said there was no point of protesting against the government when the country was progressing through economic reforms.

He added that the people of Pakistan knew which political party in the country was working for a better future of Pakistan and which party was conspiring against it.

Shaikh Rasheed to attend PAT’s rally

Chief of Awami Muslim League party Shaikh Rasheed reached the famous Laal Haveli (Red Mansion) on Saturday to attend PAT’s rally today.

All the roads in Rawalpindi leading towards Laal Haveli were blocked, in a bid to stop the AML Chief from attending PAT’s rally.

Shaikh Rasheed, who is a huge supporter PTI and PAT, warned that PML-N government would be responsible if the situation worsened in the city due to its tactics

Even if the government close the entire city, it would be able to stop the rally, he said.

Rasheed is also expected to do an emergency press conference at 1:00 pm on today.

Courtesy: ARY & Samaa

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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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